Please find below some information about the curriculum at Pencoys Primary School.
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Pencoys Primary School Curriculum
A global curriculum which develops a sense of place and purpose in the world they live in now and for the future.
A progressive, curriculum framework which enables children to make links and revisit ideas.
A curriculum which celebrates Cornwall, it’s heritage and links with the wider world.
Our curriculum, at Pencoys, is designed to provide pupils with a sense of place and purpose in the world they live in, now and for the future. Increasing ‘cultural capital’ is a key driver for our curriculum.
We have developed a comprehensive curriculum framework that meets the requirements of the latest National Curriculum. Our curriculum provides pupils with the requisite skills and knowledge to be successful, independent and motivated learners in readiness for the next stage of their education.
The content and challenge of our topics inspire children to nurture a passion for learning and prepare them for life as a global citizen in a fast-changing and interdependent world. It provides opportunities to explore the complex and controversial global issues they may encounter in the media and their own lives. The curriculum enables pupils to develop their skills as agents of change and see how they can work together to develop and create a more sustainable future.
Carefully chosen topics celebrate Cornwall and Cornish heritage. These topics explore Cornwall’s links with the wider world and develop a sense of place, giving children pride in their cultural heritage and their locality.
Here at Pencoys we are very proud of our creative, topic based curriculum. Below you will find our whole school overviews which details the range of exciting topics we use to deliver the National Curriculum.
At Pencoys we are continually looking for ways to enhance our curriculum through enrichment activities. Throughout the Covid-19 restrictions, we have ensured curriculum enrichment and community events remain at the centre of our learning and school calendar. Pupils have taken part in inspiring topic launch days to simulate their interest and engagement with new topics. Opportunities have been sought for live lessons, workshops and tours to ensure our pupils are still making contact and links at a local, national and global level.
Pencoys highly values its school and community events. Inline with Covid-19 risk assessments, we have been committed to ensuring pupils have still been able to take part in online whole school assemblies, online celebration assemblies, online Christmas performances, online Festival of Arts, a community Christingle event and much more!
Our Long Term Plan (LTP) is structured using half-termly whole school themes, with a geography or history focus. Geography topics develop the concepts of place, space and scale. Where possible they provide the geographical context for the following history topic. In History, the periods studied enable pupils to make connections in local and world history by developing the key concepts of: evidence, interpretation, cause and consequence, continuity and change, similarities and differences and significance.
Our Medium Term Planning (MTP) is supported by a ‘small steps in progression’ document. This ensures a progression in both concepts and content. It is also underpinned with key concepts from the Oxfam Curriculum for Global Citizenship. The topics provide a context for Art and DT. Where possible the MTP interleaves the other subjects to provide depth, breadth and interconnectedness.
We are confident that this approach offers a truly broad and balanced curriculum to all pupils. We believe that this will inspire pupils to go on and excel in their chosen field, with the widest range of opportunities available to them.
We have considered the key knowledge, skills and attitudes that are required to achieve academic excellence in each subject. These form the end points for each topic. The end points have then been broken down in to the small steps of learning needed to reach this goal. These are used to give our students appropriate and ambitious curriculum opportunities while accessing an intelligently sequenced curriculum, which builds on what has come before.
The curriculum at Pencoys uses current evidence about how pupils learn and retain knowledge in the long term. It is designed to help children make links and develop schemas in their long term memory. Learning provides opportunities for use of conjecture, retrieval practise (e.g. low stakes quizzes), stem sentences and pop tasks (end point tasks to show application of knowledge). Lessons include opportunities for modelled learning, independent, paired and group tasks.
All topics start with an immersive topic launch day to excite, engage and provide opportunities for children to explore and question. Part of this day includes a knowledge harvest, re- activation of prior learning and a vocabulary assessment. Children are encouraged to reflect on what they have learnt previously and think about how this might help them.
The cognitive complexity of concepts progress as children move through the curriculum. The Oxfam curriculum concepts such as ‘sustainable development’ are explored in greater depth as children move through the school. The topics provide the context for exploring these concepts.
Long Term Plans (By Year group)
Whole School Plan (History, Geography and Science)
See Class Pages for year group topic maps and Knowledge organisers
Through pupil conferencing, lesson observations, staff feedback and book looks we find:
Our pupils are developing their awareness of the wider world and have a sense of their own role as a world citizen.
Our pupils are excited and engaged by their learning, and are keen to ask questions.
Pupils respect and value diversity.
Our pupils are curious about the world and eager to find out more.
Our pupils are equipped to question and discuss controversial issues e.g. racism,
Pupils take responsibility for their learning and actions.
By the end of their primary education:
Pupils leave Pencoys Primary School…
with a secure understanding of the academic content
with the understanding of how to be socially, morally, spiritually and culturally responsible and aware
knowing how to make positive contribution to the local, national and global community and how to endeavour to be the best that they can be.
respectful, ambitious and ready for a future in a changing world.